Plans unveiled for Barnsley town centre redevelopment

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, alongside its development management partners Queensberry and Turner & Townsend, has released plans for a landmark £8 million investment to enhance the town centre’s public realm. The proposals form a central part of the wider regeneration of the town centre to create the new £130m mixed-use destination called The Glass Works.

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Meadowhall completes £60 million refurbishment

Meadowhall in Sheffield has completed its £60 million refurbishment project. This marks the end of a two-year programme, during which £40 million was invested in store upgrades by more than 70 brands including existing and new additions to Meadowhall’s line-up. This combined investment of £100 million has already made a positive impact on performance, with footfall on Black Friday up eight per cent, making it the busiest on record. The prime Zone A rental tone has risen to over £400, reflecting very strong demand for space with 30 new retailers signing in the last 18 months.

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Rituals Cosmetics opens first boutique outside of London

Luxury bath, body and home brand, Rituals Cosmetics has opened a store at Grand Central Birmingham, the brand's first premium boutique outside of London. The new 150 sq m boutique, designed by an in-house team, features the brand’s extensive range of premium products, a free mini ‘SLOW DOWN’ meditation service and a spacious lifestyle area to enjoy a complimentary Rituals Cosmetics hand and arm massage and pure tea.

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Ellesse opens London flagship in Seven Dials

Italian sports apparel company, Ellesse has opened the doors to its debut London store. Located at 39 Neal Street in Seven Dials, the 92 sq m store stocks the brand’s latest men’s and women’s clothing collections as well as accessories.

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Bottletop opens new store on Regent Street

British ethical fashion brand, Bottletop has opened its latest store at 84 Regent Street. Marrying industrial design with contemporary art, Bottletop set out to create an entirely new kind of environment through the development of its flagship Regent Street retail concept; a concept that speaks to the heart of its values, collection, story and core materials – raw metal and certified Amazon zero deforestation leather.

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